Rolando McClain was pulled over Tuesday afternoon in Decatur, Ala. because the vehicle he was driving had overly tinted windows according to a Jan.9 report on USA Today. That is when McClain made what was probably the dumbest mistake of his life.
When the officer handed him the citation, he scrawled “"(Expletive) y'all” across the ticket. He was then arrested for providing a false name to police.
Police spokesman Lt. John Crouch stated that no arrest would have been made had McClain simply signed his legal name.
Before the arrest, McClain was given a second chance when the officer asked him to sign the ticket again. In response, McClain reportedly said, "That is my name."
In his defense, McClain provided a document to police from his doctor which stated the athlete had "photosensitivity and needed maximum ultraviolet radiation protection to include window tinting." The document was not accepted because it wasn’t written on a legal prescription form.
Further aggravating the situation, McClain refused to talk to the supervising officer, preferring to speak only to the office that had pulled him over. He refused to provide his license and insurance information, telling the officer, “you know who I am.”
The Oakland Raider linebacker was released on $1000 cash bail after being charged with a misdemeanor and the window tint violation.
McClain ran into trouble last year when he was convicted in May on assault charges. The case was appealed and then dismissed when the victim dropped the charges.
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